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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s senior executive Brendan French, who is one of Australia’s biggest fraudsters, recently won a defamation case against a whistleblower. This is quite amazing given that it is French’s role at the Commonwealth Bank to cover-up multi-million-dollar fraud and theft by Commonwealth Bank staff and others and Brendan French should be […]
7th February 2016 By Dr. Joseph Mercola Guest Writer for Wake Up World At one point in time, sugar was a delicacy, a condiment that was difficult to come by. If you were lucky, you may have added it to your coffee or tea. But according to Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of ...Continue Reading - How Sugar Destroys Your Liver and Brain... Plus Tips to Help You Break Free from Sugar Addiction
7th February 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Whenever the idea of decriminalizing illicit drugs in the U.S. is raised, there are always those who rant that such a measure would be the downfall of society, drug use would sky rocket and our moral fabric as a country would be irreparably ...Continue Reading - The Unexpected Effect of Decriminalizing Drugs in Portugal, Fifteen Years Later
We don’t vote in American elections so it is all academic in a way. But it is worth having some sense of who’s doing what and where things are heading. A Malcolm-led Liberal Party may be the best there is across the world, so think about that. This is Mickey Kaus on The Rubio Menace which more or less says the same as I did in my post yesterday on Rubio Would be a Disaster. This might bring out the extent to which the American election cycle is a charade which, given the unstoppable success of Hillary, we knew already. This is Rubio who has taken up the mantle that was supposed to fall to Jeb Bush.
Bush is explicit about his support for mass immigration and amnesty. Rubio has now effectively wormed his way into a position where championing mass immigration and amnesty would involve breaking what seems to be an explicit policy pledge. But anyone who has followed Rubio knows that’s exactly what he’ll do. a) He’s done it before, having opposed amnesty when seeking his Senate seat only to become its front man on arriving in Washington; b) He dissembled when necessary to push the Gang of 8 bill, why not dissemble now? c) The GOP establishment thinks that’s exaclty what he’ll do; d) His retreat from the Gang of 8 has been grudging and weaselly, always giving as little ground as he thinks he can get away with until he discovers he has to give a little more; e) He still hasn’t repudiated the bill, let alone apologized for it; and most important, f) actually achieving an Enforcement First solution would mean standing up to the Democrats, who will demand quick legalization, and the bulk of the GOP Congressional caucus, who will be happy to settle for a fig-leaf of enforcement they can try to sell th......
On 4 December 2015, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) adopted Opinion No. 54/2015, in which it considered that Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In that opinion, the Working Group recognized that Mr. Assange is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation. The application was filed with the Working Group in September 2014. The Opinion 54/2015 was sent to the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 22 January 2016 in accordance with the Working Groupâ€™s Methods of Work.
In addition to this short working group statement, Download the inedited text of the opinion and legal argument.
Inside is the text of the public statement issued by the UN expert panel on Arbitrary Detention, which you will not find in most mainstream publications, which are seeking to obfuscate the UN opinion and its importance, with their own opinions. Julian Assange is a Victorian-born Australian citizen and asylum-seeker, recognised as a refugee by the UN. The Ecuadorian Embassy in London granted him refugee status, but the UK government stopped him from going to Ecuador by taking his passport and surrounding the embassy with police, day and night. What did Assange do? Assange famously published, on his Wikileaks, authentic film of US soldiers hunting down civilians with helicopters and machine guns as if they were in a video game. (Film: 'Collateral Damge' inside this article.) The US was so furious at this (and other very relevant exposures of its criminal secrets) that it mounted an international persecution of Assange. The mass media helped the criminal US by defaming Assange and they are still doing it because their owners support war and propaganda. Assange has been openly threatened with assassination by at least two US politicians. It is clear that in the biased US justice system, he does not stand a chance. To their great shame, successive Australian Governments have done nothing to help Assange. To my knowledge, only Senator Scott Ludlam in South Australia has criticised this abject failure to defend a great leader in the fight to stop wars by forcing transparency in government. (Please let me know of any other politician who has spoken up.)
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Tim Tingle, on HOUSE OF PURPLE CEDAR winning American Indian Library Association's 2016 Youth Literature Award in Young Adult Category "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"
Yesterday (Feb 6 2016), the American Indian Library Association
(AILA) announced the winners of its 2016 Youth
Literature Awards. Recipients of the awards will be formally
recognized at the American Library Association's Annual Conference
this summer, in Orlando, Florida.
The winner in the Young Adult category is House of Purple Cedar, by Choctaw writer, Tim Tingle. I asked him to tell me about the book and his thoughts upon hearing the news. Here, I share his generous and moving response.
From 1998 to 2013 I worked almost every day on “House of Purple Cedar.” That’s what happens when you’re a 50 year-old man writing in the voice of a 12 year-old girl. Don’t ask me why, I might say something like, “She was the ghost talking to me.” And it might be true. A life changes over 15 years, and many eye-opening events worked their way into the narrative; theft from an old man with dementia, which I witnessed. A major theme throughout the book, alcohol and the accompanying spousal abuse, I saw first-hand growing up.
In truth, I know and love every character in HOPC. Roberta Jean, the teenage girl with four bratty brothers, is my real-life sister Bobby Jean. Samuel, the quiet son of the preacher, is my brother Danny, who flipped his kayak and drowned a few years before I began...
5 February 2016 â€“ The founder of the WikiLeaks website, which published confidential diplomatic information, has been arbitrarily detained by Sweden and the United Kingdom since his arrest in London in December 2010, as a result of the legal action against him by both Governments, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said today.
The removal of four mega-dams on the Klamath river in the United States has come a step closer with the announcement of an agreement in principal that won’t need Congressional approval.
The dams have caused serious pollution, and, in 2002, 65,000 adult salmon died in the Klamath in the biggest fish kill in history.
After the dams were constructed, the Klamath was polluted by a cesspool of algae and there was a dangerous level of level of toxins in the water.
The new agreement in principle has been signed by representatives from the state governments of California and Oregon, the federal government – via the departments of the interior and commerce – and the dams’ owner, PacifiCorp.
Anti-dam protestors had succeeded in obtaining historic restoration accords under which the four dams on the Klamath, which flows through Oregon and California, were due to be demolished in the biggest dam removal in world history.
However, one of the agreements, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), which did need Congressional approval, was blocked at committee stage and expired on December 31, 2015.
There were two other documents in the restoration plan: the...
Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Arkansas Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4254) Incident period: December 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 05, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas in the areas affected by severe storms, […]
Emergency Declaration for Louisiana Issued by White House (EM-3376) Flooding during the period of December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016 has prompted the White House to declare a federal emergency in the State of Louisiana. Areas that were most affected by “threat of a catastrophe” include in the parishes of Concordia, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, […]
Poetry is often born out of the harshest of circumstances. Periods or events of extreme adversity can lead writers to cogitate and reconsider their positions in respect of the mundane and elevate these to the status of the sublime. And so it is for S Nagaveeran or Ravi as he is better known. Ravi is […]
Here are the answers with discussion for yesterday’s quiz. The
information provided should help you work out why you missed a
question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from
yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope
this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory
(MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as
usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.
If a nation records an external balance (net exports equal zero) and the government runs a balanced fiscal position then we know that private domestic sector spending will be equal to its overall income and household saving will be zero.
The answer is False.
This is a question about sectoral balances.
To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
GDP = C + I + G + (X – M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X – M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Further, as noted above t......
Jordan Lees discusses the similarities between the rape-culture philosophy of Daryush "Roosh V" Valizadeh and the acceptance of "rape racks", castration and the unceremonious mass slaughter of non-human animals. read now...
Martyrdom of Leonard Peltier | Outside Online - On the 20th
anniversary of the gunfight that led to his imprisonment, Peltier
remains at the center of one of the most enduring controversies in
American justice: Did a vengeful Federal Bureau of Investigation,
desperate to put someone behind bars for the murder of two of its
agents, railroad an innocent man? A great many people think so.
Moreover, in locking Peltier away for life, did the government
orchestrate yet another miscarriage of justice in its checkered
relationship with American Indians? Inevitably those who support
Peltier have come to see his case as a litmus test in which one's
opinion about Peltier becomes a measure of one's willingness to
atone for the sins of the past.
As part of a more general exorcism of that past, many continue to question the alleged inconsistencies in the government's evidence against Peltier. Over the past 20 years, numerous high-profile lawyers have worked on his behalf, and his case has brought appeals from Amnesty International, Desmond Tutu, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, and more than 50 U.S. congressmen and senators. Dubbed "America's political prisoner" by leftist groups around the world, Peltier has been compared to Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. He's even been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Holy Name Parish School, West Roxbury, Seismograph:
The thick dark lines starting at about 15:00 (10:00 AM Boston time) are the strong ground vibrations generated by the atmospheric storm activity.
Bellingham Public Library Seismograph:
From, “Watching the Weather Using a Seismograph”
Dr. John E. Ebel, Boston College, Weston Observatory:
“Seismologists have a name for natural background vibrations. We call them microseisms. Microseisms are observed at all frequencies on seismograms, although there are some frequencies at which they are especially strong. Microseisms at frequencies above about 1 Hz are generally associated with local weather conditions, while below 1 Hz they reflect regional weather and ocean conditions. For seismic stations near the ocean, a particularly strong microseismic signal at a frequency of about...
It’s time for some small screen action as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out a couple of sci-fi influenced TV shows, the comic-book superhero team-up Legends of Tomorrow and the hilarious but somewhat inappropriate for children Rick & Morty. read now...
The Osage Nation has won a bid to buy the 43,000-acre Bluestem Ranch from Cable News Network founder Ted Turner, restoring some of the 1.2 million acres the tribe owned until th...
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CENC as M6.7 hit southern Taiwan at 19:57 UTC on February 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 23 km (14.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth...... Read more »
Malcolm Turnbull is happy to send children to concentration camps and happily interferes in the ABC. Australia, meet the new boss — just like the old boss, except shinier. read now...
The Republican establishment is now backing Marco Rubio to the hilt against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. I actually saw Rubio speak in Las Vegas the day before Trump and I could not believe how weak and ineffectual he came across. The words were all right, but the lack of conviction was palpable. No one came away fired up about his prospects, unlike my experience when I had listened to Rand Paul (the year before) or Donald Trump. Hillary will eat Rubio for lunch.
But what makes Rubio likely poison is his lack of creds on border protection. This was published just two months ago, in December, The Ugly Truth About Marco Rubio And His Gang-of-Eight Amnesty Bill and represents a very strong attitude among Republicans:
Rubio was a Jeb Bush acolyte who embraced the Tea Party and ran for senator in Florida against Charlie Crist. Crist was the popular sitting governor in the state and Rubio was thought to be a huge underdog. However, the grassroots embraced Rubio. Just to give you an example, very early on I organized a coalition that endorsed Rubio and encouraged people not to give money to the NRSC over its endorsement of Crist. I even called for NRSC chairman John Cornyn to RESIGN over his decision to get involved in the race on Crist’s behalf.
Back then, Rubio was talking very tough on immigration by necessity. Although Rubio is significantly more conservative than Crist, the conservative base would have never rallied to his side if he had supported amnesty; he would have lost in a landslide. In other words, Rubio’s anti-amnesty position was one of the central promises of his campaign. In fact, Rubio slammed Charlie Crist for being pro-amnesty and very specifically said he opposed giving illegal aliens citizenship. Back then, Marco Rubio sounded like Jeff Sessions on immigration. . . ....
Melanie Burton | Reuters | 5.02.2016
Papua New Guinea copper miner Ok Tedi Mining Ltd said its board has approved a restart of its operations on March 1, more than five months after the mine was put on care and maintenance when drought cut off its transport links.
The move will bring further metal to a copper market which is already reeling from a prolonged downturn in prices and a surge in mine supply just as demand from China cools, forcing high cost producers to cut output or shut down.
Ok Tedi, which declared force majeure on its sales contracts on Aug. 17, said at the time that it expected to lose 65,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate after the El Nino weather pattern sank river water levels.
“Our plans for the progressive restart of operations on 1 March 2016 were today approved by the OTML Board of Directors,” Managing Director Peter Graham in a statement on its website on Friday.
The company was still awaiting safety approval from the country’s Mineral Resource Authority prior to the restart, the statement said.
Drought made river traffic on the Fly River into Ok Tedi’s main river port at Kiunga unreliable and also affected operations at the Ok Menga power station, the mine’s main source of power.
El Nino disrupted production across a swathe of commodity producers from late last...
I am thrilled to see the winners of the
2016 American Indian Library Association's Youth
Here's the graphic with the award winning books:
Letter to the Editor
Alesandr Prokhorov, Queensland’s first of two Nobel Prize winners, begins to emerge from his obscurity due to much research and he begins to take a more prominent place in Queensland’s history.
This is the Centenary of his birth in Peeramon, he began his thirst for knowledge at Butchers Creek School with his three sisters. His wife has remarked that all his life he said his destiny was shaped by his first seven years in Australia. His eldest sister Clara died from pneumonia in Herberton in 1921 and is buried there, Shaaron Lindwood has discovered Clara’s grave well done Shaaron. After my first letter was published, I had a phone call to tell me that CSIRO in Atherton had a plaque for Aleksandr in the garden, I look forward to seeing it soon. Friends hope to go to Moscow later this year, and will take photos of Clara’s grave to give to the Russian authorities and hopefully take a few photos of Aleksandr’s grave. Aleksandr, who died in 2002, is in very good company surrounded by all the famous Russians, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Khrushchev.
Aleksandr has to shoulder a lot of the praise for the discovery of masers and lasers together with his Nobel Laureates. What goes around comes around so they say. The laser was a fantastic invention made by a brilliant scientist born in Peeramon up here in the mountains behind Cairns. Millions of people the world over who were blind can now see because of laser surgery. Lasers are used in dentistry, by teachers, in CDs. and supermarkets around the world as the laser scans the goods, beep beep! And interspace communication, needs lasers and the most important of all the Atomic Clock which keeps the world’s time – that needs lasers.
6 February 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said today that coal seam gas opponents had claimed a ‘scalp’ in their ongoing war against CSG – as AGL Energy this week made a decision to cease its coal seam gas operations in Australia.
Mr Katter paid tribute to the tireless individuals who had fought against coal seam gas projects – from radio personalities, to Lock the Gate, to farmers, to knitting Nannas – but said the battle was far from over.
“Just this week I had a meeting with Dr David Pascoe and his wife Heather about this very issue – as early as four or five years ago they told me the issue of coal seam gas was so serious and so frightening it had the potential to redefine the political landscape of Australia.
“So we pay tribute to all of these people in having a very small win, but a win nonetheless.
“The CSG industry has treated land owners – and I don’t just mean farmers – but land owners of Queensland with absolute contempt.
“They have jeopardised the water supply for vast areas of Queensland – and all for an industry that does not give two bob to the Australian economy.
“We have always been proudly a mining state but coal seam gas has, and is, seriously damaging the mining industry.
“When the construction and development phase is over the industry comes back to 2500 jobs, and almost its entire $25,000 million a year income will then line the pockets of rich foreign CSG giants,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter has constantly warned of the potentially catastrophic social and economic costs of coal seam gas aquifer drilling which threatens to contaminat........
Harmony Gold and partner Newcrest Mining look for further profits out of PNG
Natasha Odendaal | Mining Weekly | 05.02.2016
Shares in dual-listed Harmony Gold surged some 15% on the Johannesburg bourse on Thursday after the gold mining group turned the corner in the second quarter of the current financial year, posting positive earnings after a prolonged period in the red.
Harmony achieved headline earnings of R74-million for the three months to December 31, a jump of more than 100% on the headline loss of R523-million reported in the quarter to September.
Headline earnings a share reached 17c, compared with the headline loss a share of 120c in the September quarter.
“We ticked all the boxes [this quarter . . . and] revealed a solid set of results for the second quarter of this financial year,” new CEO Peter Steenkamp said in Sandton on Thursday, presenting his first set of results after five weeks at the helm.
Harmony’s production profit increased 84% to R1.29-billion quarter-on-quarter, as the average gold price increased 7% in rand terms to R507 490/kg, or $1 109/oz.
Revenue for the quarter under review increased 10% to R4.57-billion, attached to a 3% increase in gold sold to 289 323 oz during the second quarter.
Gold production increased 2% to 287 074 oz and underground grade was 7% higher, with the majority of Harmony’s operations producing higher kilograms and generating net free operational cash flow.
Despite a traditionally weak March quarter, owing to late start-ups post the December quarter and the upcoming Easter holidays, Harmony’s guidance for the full year of 1.1-million ounces would be maintained.
“Higher production means that Harmony’s cash flow is strengthened, o...
urged to quit after release of emails on Flint legionnaires'
outbreak - Democratic Underground: High-ranking officials in
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in
legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long
before the Michigan governor reported the increase to the public
last month, internal emails show.
After the release of the emails, the Michigan Democratic party called for Snyder to step down on Thursday.
When Snyder disclosed the spike in legionnaires’ cases on 13 January, he said he had learned about it just a couple of days earlier. But emails obtained by the liberal group Progress Michigan through public-records requests show Snyder’s own office was aware of the outbreak since last March. At the time, others in the administration were scrambling to respond to suggestions that bacteria in the city’s new water source, the Flint river, could be the culprit.
Massive animal die-offs from butterflies to whales are being experienced around the world fuelled by anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). Dahr Jamail from Truth Out reports. read now...
Hello kitties. Yesterday was a busy day. Dylan and Vicci both had court dates for probation violation for failure to pay restitution. Chris has received a notice for a coming violation hearing. Here are the updates:
Dylan, who along with Duncan stopped construction on the expansion of Enbridge Line 6B 7n 2014, was released from probation after completing a year. Of the $38,000 for restitution, he paid $30 in total. The restitution is meow a civil matter, he’s no longer at risk of going to jail for not paying restitution. We are very happy that he is free of papers and get can get back to the shenanigans.
Vicci, one of our #micats3 who also halted construction of the...
Govt team to probe attack on Tanzania woman: [gulf-times.com]
“A team is going to Bengaluru which includes the high commissioner
of Tanzania, who is also the dean of the African diplomatic corps,”
external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said at a media
“The team also includes the joint secretary (states), director (east and southern Africa) in the ministry of external affairs and the regional director of ICCR (Indian Council of Cultural Relations), which liaises with the students who come here on ICCR scholarships,” he said.
Five people suspected of assaulting the Tanzanian woman student were arrested early yesterday, Bengaluru police commissioner N S Megharik said.
“We have arrested the five accused after interrogating them on Wednesday night,” Megharik said.
The commissioner, however, did not disclose names and ages of the five accused.
Texas Acknowledges Rangers Killed Hundreds of Latinos During Early 20th Century: [latina.com] What happened to incite such racially motivated killing? In the first decade of the 20th century, large numbers of white American farmers from the Midwest began making their way to South Texas, a remote region that had managed to remain an enclave of Mexican-American inhabitants. These were Mexican families that became American citizens in the late 1800s with the end of the Mexican-American War and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Now, the reality of their American citizenship came rushing in with the arrival of these white transplants thanks to the advent of newly built infrastructure in the form of roads and rail. Land prices went up exponentially, and many Tejano ranchers found themselves unable to afford the rising property taxes. No sooner did white farmers arrive than they began to invoke the Jim Crow-style of treatment toward people of color that they were used to in the rest of the country. They began stripping Tejanos of their land by simply laying claim to it. Title challenges and outright theft led to a loss of more than 187,000 acres of land for Tejanos in the lower Rio Grande Valley from 1900 to 1910, according to historian Benjamin Heber Johnson in his book.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has joined former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Sen....
Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli, 32, had to be dragged ...
It has taken well over a decade of advocating on behalf of his tribe to keep his scattered community intact as their island on Louisiana’s Gulf coast disappears under Gulf of Me...
The propensity of the human race to deny unpleasant and frightening realities until the last possible moment is truly profound. The power structure (and the mainstream media they control) are using every imaginable means at their disposal to fuel the constant distraction of the masses. The current facade is disintegrating on every front and even
Two decades ago the world's first GM foods went on sale, writes Pat Thomas. The consumer flirtation with GMOs soon died away, yet the biotech industry has grown into a global behemoth, driving agricultural intensification and sending agro-chemical sales through the roof. It's time for us to take a stand once again and insist: there are better, healthier ways of growing food.
Responding to tough talk by presidential candidates about price gouging by...
A judge in the UK is set to jail 13 non-violent protestors who occupied one of...
from Calgary Herald
The Calgary-based company building a controversial $60-million oilsands project in Utah that has been targeted by environmentalists is putting it on hold, but not because of the protesters.
US Oil Sands Inc. announced late Thursday it would halt construction on its 85 per cent complete PR Spring Project after a review prompted by low oil prices and delays caused by the closure of Utah-based operations of two key contractors.
“The oil industry is facing one of the most challenging environments it’s ever seen and it is prudent for us to adjust our construction plan accordingly,” said chief executive Cameron Todd in a statement.
“But the company’s value proposition remains sound. Low oil prices accentuate the need for a new approach in our industry.”
The company said it needs additional capital for commissioning, start-up and operations to validate its unique extraction technology. It plans to employ a biodegradable solvent made from citrus fruit, thus avoiding the use of tailings ponds, at the 2,000-barrel-per-day project.
It said it has not completed its previously announced US$10 million royalty finan...
From Al Jazeera
The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted and slaughtered in Japan was deported to the United States after Tokyo airport officials held him for more than two weeks.
American Ric O’Barry said on Friday he was determined to come back and keep fighting to save the dolphins by working with Japanese people.
“The work will continue,” he told the Associated Press news agency from aboard his plane. “Taking me out of the picture won’t stop it.”
Japan’s government rejected an appeal of the decision by immigration officials to deny O’Barry entry, according to his lawyer, Takashi Takano.
O’Barry, 76, had been held in a detention facility at Tokyo’s Narita airport since he landed on January 18. He and his lawyer said officials accused him of lying during his past visits to Japan. He denied that and said he was a tourist who came for dolphin watching.
Bolivia’s second largest lake, which had contained almost 1,200 square miles of water, has almost completely disappeare...
Researchers attributed this to the increased metabolism and fat burning that comes with consuming...
Nuclear Event – Reactor Trip North America – USA | State of New Jersey, Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 2 Location: 39°27’46.0″N 75°32’08.0″W Present Operational Age: ~31 years Damage Level: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 04 February, 2016 at 11:21 [EST] AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP DUE TO MAIN […]
Originally published by Redd-Monitor.org. By Chris Lang A new paper in Conservation Biology starts with the following sentence: “Increasingly, one hears furtive whispers in the halls of conservation: ‘REDD+ is dead; it’s time to cut our losses and... Read More
“Many believe they have the right to criticize whomever they wish. Well, I’m here to correct them. It is not right nor is it your right (?) to say anything about Muslims which in any way is negative. You have helped us so much in the past and are working to keep us safe in […]
John Kerry’s hurt locker – When Foreign affairs chickens come home to roost… Video: John Kerry attacked in Rome; attacker cried “You created ISIS!” (Jihad Watch) John Kerry did aid in creating the vacuum that the Islamic State filled, with the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the American support for the weak […]
Erin Brockovich has once again spoken out about against the Porter Ranch gas leak, calling the situation...
Fla. 8-year-old (child soldier) stole mom’s gun, tried to rob store Mom explains – Child endangerment is relative. Politicians – “It’s all the gun’s fault!” West Palm Beach, Fla. — Police have an eight-year-old Florida boy in custody after he allegedly (?) stole his mother’s gun and tried to rob a store with it. Eboni […]
"Rescuers found an 8-month-old female pup asleep in a dining booth. The pup was severely ...
Cornell’s 'no pest' Bt brinjal project in Bangladesh appears to be going great with 200 farmers signed up, reports Farida Akhter. Only its not - hardly any of the farmers who grew the GM plants in previous years have come back for more after their crops wilted, failed to ripen, or were devastated by pests.
Refugees Go Clubbing In Russia, Harass Girls, Wake Up In Hospital … Next time reality will set in. (Daily Caller) A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday. The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway […]
In their most testy and substantive debate yet, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued over ...
A reader sent me some photos of Eric Carle's Have You Seen My
Cat? First published in 1973 by Little Simon, it looks like it
may have first been published in German, in 1972. It is a Ready To
Read book. It is also available as a board book. You can also get
it in Dutch. Or Afrikaans.
Here's the synopsis:
In Eric Carle’s charming and popular story, Have You Seen My Cat?, a little boy worries about his missing cat and travels to different places in search of his pet. The boy encounters numerous feline counterparts as he searches, including lions, leopards, and tigers—but it isn’t until the last page that he finally finds his missing pet!
6th February 2016 By Dr. Kelly Neff Guest Writer for Wake Up World It is certainly an exciting and unprecedented time to be a cannabis activist/enthusiast, as the public support for the legalization of cannabis is higher than ever! Here in my home state of Colorado, the benefits of legalization to the people and to the state ...Continue Reading - Cannabis Legalization: The Time Has Come for Evidence-Based Cannabis Policy
6th February 2016 By Elisha McFarland N.D. Guest Writer for Wake Up World Hemp seeds are a tremendous source of protein, vitamins and minerals. With a wonderful creamy and nutty flavor, this superfood is amazingly versatility; hemp seeds can be used to make butter, milk, protein powder, salad dressings and desserts, they can also be used in smoothies, ...Continue Reading - The Health Benefits of Hemp Seed ... and 6 Delicious Hemp Milk Recipes!
“In fact, our ruling is that whoever does get to decide this or that is allowed to do it, and that it’s not unconstitutional, that it’s consistent with (totalitarian) law,” “But we often have no policy views on the matter at all, and that’s an important distinction.” — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. (4 […]
Since first detected in April 2014, there have been more than 4,000 births that...
"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Are Cardinal George Pell & the Vatican flipping the bird at Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
Venezuela’s Maduro: “Nationalized everything, triple-digit inflation, commodity shortages? I dinnin’ do it. It was somebody else“ Maduro Calls Owner of Largest Food Company `Thief’ and `Traitor’ (Bloomberg) President Nicolas Maduro called the owner of Venezuela’s largest privately-held company a “thief” and a “traitor” Thursday, blaming him for the country’s economic woes. In televised address, Maduro […]
‘Pictures taken from a moving car: rain on the windscreen #137’
Cross processed Version #2
something from 2013
Update: Wait – don’t sign just yet. The petition is being redrafted to be compliant with Senate submissions. The draftee is working closely with, at least, one of the named Senators on the petition.
You don’t have to be an Essendon supporter to recognise an injustice. So please give some thought to signing this petition.
We believe these players were denied:
- The presumption of innocence
- The right to an independent Hearing
- The right to remain silent
- The right to privacy and confidentiality
- The right not to be tried twice for the same offence
- The right to be dealt with promptly and not subject to unnecessary delays
- The right for an appeal to be heard in an Australian Court
- None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of these players have given the appearance of objectivity in the selection of evidence.
- None of the sporting or governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of players, perhaps with the exception of the AFL Tribunal, have given any regard to whether evidence could be regarded as expert or scientific. In fact, some supporting evidence needed to be discounted on the grounds of relevance.
- The sporting and governing bodies involved in the investigation, interim reports, and prosecution of the players ran their own agenda in order to achieve a preconceived outcome. As a result, the outcome that was reached contains numerous factual errors and is based on suppositions which in many cases are unsupported.
- As a consequence of 1, 2, and 3, we believe the prosecution of the case was built on inexact proofs, indefinite testimony, and indirect inferences that do......
Reinventing the wheel and Cannabis trials are in the same category. unless you’re making prudent decisions on behalf of vested interest. Watching loved ones shake to death, then stop when they use Cannabis, is the only trial that is required. Law makers and enforcers are not trained to make decisions on health.
The HEMP Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform. Here are the selected headlines for this week.
What will become the ‘new’ Maroochydore CBD is moving ahead. What will be its’ ‘look and feel?’
The opportunity to incorporate fundamental and necessary sustainability, livability and design features cannot be missed if this development is to contribute in a practical, visual and meaningful way to the Sunshine Coast’s sustainability vision.
Such elements are critical for a development of this scale and the population it is projected to support.
To have a healthy society and environment in the future, we need to objectively consider planning decisions in the face of increased population growth with outstanding urban planning providing social and green infrastructure.
To achieve this, there needs to be exceptional intra-regional public transport such as light rail and rapid bus, low levels of pollution and waste, localised renewable energy, ambitious energy and water conservation programs, a focus on local food production , urban biodiversity and an inclusive community-orientated culture.
It’s time for the region to raise the bar and demonstrate leadership in innovative planning for both commerical and residential development which respects our natural environment,...
"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Common Tern, Little Tern & Radjah Shelduck at Buckley's Hole & nearby sandspit reported by Brian & Meg Johnson on 05-02-2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"
One R. Shelduck - previously reported - still present today - southern end. On the sandspit, there was a mixed flock of Crested Tern, Silver Gull, 4+ Common Tern & 3+ Little Tern sheltering from the strong southerlies, about 4:15 pm.
A pair was seen at the top of the green radio tower behind KFC on Anzac Avenue.
Jazz Made in Australia (JMIA) producer/ presenter Paula Langlands is on annual leave but the program is not. JMIA will re-broadcast some special programs over this time. Some of the featured artists to be heard will be soprano saxophonist Gai Bryant and her tribute to Cuba, Clarion Fracturezone with Sandy Evans and Tony Gorman, an interview about Afro-Peruvian Jazz with Daniel Susnjar, and another with saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, the amazing Oud player Joseph Tawadros, Paul Cutlan’s tribute to the top end, plus a special tribute program to Allen Brown, and another to Bernie Megan, plus Tony Gould, Graham Lyall, Ted Vining, and many many more. JMIA is distributed via the Community Radio Network to community stations across Australia, and is now in its 21st year. You can hear the program in Sydney at 3PM on Monday at 89.7fm, online at any time on eastsidefm.org/jazzmadeinaustralia
sat 13th nov 7pm $10!
If you’re the kind of person that likes rickety trial shows and thinks they’re charming or at least interesting from an anthropological point of view, come along and check out 101 Tripod Hits at lot19.
For musicians they’re funny. For comedians they sure can sing. Believe it or not it’s 20 years since showbiz legends Tripod started not quite fitting in anywhere. Tripod: 101 Hits will be an hilarious, chaotic and occasionally nail biting tour through a random selection from the songbook of the same name. If you like a mixture of their old and new stuff better than their new stuff, this is the show for you.
Mama’s Kitchen & Papa’s Bar Open from 7pm. Show @ 8pm (no byo)
If ever there was a platform to shout your love for your mother, Barnardos Australia’s Mother of the Year Award is definitely the way to do it. In its 21st year of existence, the award recognises the enormous contribution that mums make in our lives and their roles in nurturing children and helping them reach their full potential in life.
Barnardos is a charity organisation that helps to build relationships with children, their families and the community in which they live. Their long 120 year existence has been instrumental in contributing to community knowledge about abuse and how to stop abusive family relationships from forming. They work with families by teaching them how to work together to make a fulfilling environment for both parent and child and provide safe homes for children who may have lost their own.
They are a non-government, non-denominational child protection charity who strive for only the best for our countries children.
Over 20 years ago, the Mother of the Year award was formed to celebrate all things Mum related. The award recognises the incredible work our Mums do in shaping their children’s lives to be happy and successful and how their love impacts their community. Anyone can be nominated for any reason and it is a beautiful way to show your Mum how much you love them. Their nomination will be an inspiration for all mothers to encourage them to keep the love going in their own families.
A judging panel of ambassadors and sponsor representatives get together in Sydney in March to pick the top 100 nominations from which three finalists will be picked for each Australia State and Territory.
In April, a ceremony will take place in each State and Territory to announce who will go on to represent each pa...
Harley-Davidson Australia and New Zealand has revealed the 20 people who will attend the 75thDaytona Beach Bike Week in March.
The winners from Australia and New Zealand were required to take a test ride on any model from the Dyna, Softail, Tourer or V-Rod families and answer in 25 words or less, why they were ready for Daytona Bike Week.
Saw this shop the other day so decided to have a look inside, almost immediately two men in dresses came over and asked what I wanted, I said ‘Do you have a copy of the book on Great Britain’s policy regarding deportation of immigrants? One of the gentlemen said, “F*** off get out and never come back”, I said “yes, that’s the one, how much?”
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have announced a new album, PersonA, to be released this April. Details here – Melbourne based singer-songwriter Ariela Jacobs released her new single “Lost”. Details here – Brisbane’s Michael David Thomas released his new video “Bad […]
For those of little faith.
You may think I am telling lies and guilty
of other things you despise.
I don’t believe in a God made to look like me.
That bribes us with promises of eternity.
So I am bared from heaven for this alone.
By an Almighty God that makes it known.
He is jealous and revengeful as well,
Casting all non-believers into hell.
Threatening our kids will suffer too, for the misdeeds that we do.
I don’t want to go to a boring heaven.
Where there’s peace and quiet 24/7.
Those that do believe I implore.
Don’t wreck my world with your holy war.
This is the only heaven I kn...
Preparing for an appearance at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, neo-soul collective The Internet smashed two sold out shows at Oxford Art Factory. Performing live as a mind-melting six piece, Odd Future’s Syd the Kid and Matt Martian lead the show with captivating vocals and slinking basslines. We’ve never seen quite so many smartphones at a gig…
The Internet at Oxford Art Factory | 3.2.16. Photos by Satsuki Minoda....
This is a new blog that will try to promote the photographers of tumblr and their work. We are looking for submissions of original work, so if you want to get your work featured on our blog, and help us get started please submit!
We will be organizing theme weeks for the submissions as soon as we get the blog going. We will also pick out favourite submissions from the theme weeks and feature the photographers work for a month.
(Also if you want to send us a message asking us to check out your work we will or otherwise answer if we are overworked)
Another opportunity to submit your work to a reblogging tumblr…. Maybe worth checking out.
A VESSEL arrived at Williamstown on Friday afternoon to search
the wreckage of a plane which crashed off the coast of Point
Lonsdale last week.
Water police loaded the vessel, from Gippsland, with diving equipment and plan to travel to the crash site tomorrow.
Police search and rescue members will commence diving on Sunday.
Image Courtesy of Kim Churchill This month Mt Evelyn in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne will come alive with the Summer In The Hills community gathering. The event, which takes place at the iconic York On Lilydale on Saturday 20th February, will feature some of Australia’s finest blues, roots and folk musicians including Kim […]
Wilderness photographer Dan Broun walked six hours into the bushfire ravaged area on Friday and camped overnight to document the damage.
Without warning, Tasmania’s power link to the Mainland suddenly ruptured in December 2015, just as it was being called upon to shore up power supplies. This event has sent shockwaves through the Tasmanian administration. … Tasmania generates approximately 90 percent of its power demand (in average rainfall conditions) thus requiring us to import the remaining 10 percent – so this need can be seen as a necessity in the absence of the state lifting its renewable capacity. By exporting high value peaking power and importing low value base load this gap could theoretically be made up at a profit and with a net greenhouse emissions reduction. Environmental arguments went both ways, but the Tasmanian Greens and the broader environmental movement generally disapproved the project fearing that it would result in a net transfer of coal-fired power from the mainland to Tasmania, thus breaching our valued reputation as an all-renewable electricity island. As it turned out this is, in fact, what has transpired. During the ten years since the project was officially started up in 2006 the net power transfer has been from north to south by a strong margin … • Anne Cadwallader in Comments: Chris, which large industrial consumer is likely (as you write) to pack up and go? That does, as you indicate, seem to be a massive game changer. Hydro industrialization was a major part of our state’s development, but can’t last forever. But if we once again become awash with electricity, surely it positions us well for a low carbon world? I never minded the idea of being Australia’s national park (a lot better than being its disused quarry, as W.A. is rapidly becoming). But being Australia’s hydro power battery pack sounds wonderful. We can be both profitable, and a positive force in the world. Then there will be no more dying old people lying on the floor of the Royal Hobart on towels: • asoka nelson in Comments: on the 28th of ja...
I rode a Royal Enfield Classic 500 about 12 years ago and thought it was interesting, but only as a second bike to ride to the cafe.
At the time, I owned a Honda Fireblade so my impressions were jaded.
By comparison, the RE wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding, wouldn’t turn, wouldn’t stop, it was difficult to start, the gears were vague and the ride was rough.
While the Classic 500 still looks the same, both the machine and my mind have changed.
I’m not in such a rush these days and I appreciate the scenery as more than just a periphery blur.
Meanwhile, the Indians have been finessing the Classic 500 and updated to a unit-construction engine which is not as uncivilised as it once felt.
In fact, after having ridden the 2016-model Classic 500, I now think it’s a lot more versatile and more than just a second bike with limited use.
Look down and the dolls arms poking out from the grating, that remind me of the children currently held in indefinite detention of the Australian government, is also the work of Kranky. (Wait a minute one of those hands has a cigarette butt.)
Look at the wall and there is more work by Kranky and other street artists.
There has been street art in Presgrave Place for quiet some time; if my memory still serves me there were frames on its wall when it was shown in Marcus Westbury’s 2007 series Not Quite Art. However, there never was that much art in Presgrave Place. Just that one wall really, around the corner there is the dead end and the rubbish bins and back doors of businesses. Without the graffiti writers it never had the same turn over of work. The frames, some stickers, a paste-up by Happy and the couple of Junky Projects sat on its walls for years.
The paste-up by Happy and the Junky Projects are still there but they have a lot more company, it is now intense. Last year Kranky started to crank out assemblages in the place, along with everywhere in Melbourne, but this new energy was what was needed to revitalise the place. Kran...
Melbourne Stands for Sanctuary – rally to #letthemstay WHAT: Stand for Sanctuary rally for refugees WHEN: Monday, February 8th TIME: 6 –7:30pm WHERE: Venue TBC – application at State Library pending approval INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1012303098829129/ 267 people – including 37 babies and more than 50 children – could be deported from Australia to(...)
BOM warns of heavy rainfall in central QLD
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that parts of central Queensland are set to receive the equivalent of their entire February rainfall in the next 24 hours.
There has already been some flooding in parts of Central Queensland and Wide Bay areas, with Rockhampton experiencing almost 100 milimetres of rains since Thursday morning.
A bureau spokesman said a trough is unlikely to move off shore until Tuesday.
Crash on Pacific Motorway causes major delays
Last night I had honour of launching my good friend Leanne Hall’s new book Iris and the Tiger at Readings in Carlton.
Leanne has already published a couple of YA novels, but this is her first novel for younger readers and it’s an absolute winner. So much so that I dressed up as my favourite scene from the book for the launch.
Here we are enjoying a moment at the book signing afterwards. Thanks to Steph at Text Publishing for taking the pic.
It is my great honour (and stiff-necked misfortune) to be launching Leanne Hall’s splendid children’s novel Iris and the Tiger tonight.
I want to talk about the brilliance of this book – and I will – but first allow me to explain why I look the way I look.
I am a sunflower.
An athletic sunflower.
And I come to you in fancy dress tonight for two reasons:
The first is that this is a Leanne Hall event. So we’re doing things the Leanne Hall way. And when Leanne Hall invites you to launch her amazing new book – and suggests on social media that it’s going to be a dressing-up kind of occasion – you do not disappoint by showing up in jeans and a shirt.
So I’ve taken it upon myself to come dressed as my favourite scene from Iris and the Tiger.
Iris, of course, is the hero of the story and we’re with her from page one as she flies from Australia to Spain to sp...
One in six Brisbane offices empty
One in six Brisbane offices are sitting empty and a rate more than double that of Sydney, according to a new report from the Property Council of Australia for the six months to January showing vacancies at 14.9 percent.
The report shows a worsening of the 14.7 rate recorded in 2014 when Brisbane had the worst office vacancy rates since the 1990s recession.
Legionella scare at Brisbane hospital
At risk patients at a Brisbane hospital have been told not to use showers or sinks after signs of legionella were detected in the water system.
The warning to staff and patients at Mater Private Hospital come a week after a patient tested positive to the bacteria.
If inhaled, the bacteria can lead to Legionnaire’s Disease which can progress to kidney failure and death if left untreated.
Ambos say no to violence
A Kippenduff land owner has been fined $36,000 for allowing illegal doof parties to be held on two of his properties, 58kms south-west of Casino, in May 2014 and July last year.
In handing down his decision in the Casino Local Court on Wednesday, Magistrate David Heilpern said it was necessary to send a clear message that contravention of orders was a serious matter which would be “punished severely by the courts”.
The case dates back to 2 May 2014 when Richmond Valley Council issued Kevin Lindsay Jenner with a preventative action notice under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act for holding a music festival without consent at 302 Brewers Road Kippenduff in May 2014.
This notice applied to all land owned by Mr Jenner in the Kippenduff area.
Mr Jenner failed to comply with this notice and 14 months later allowed another unapproved party to be held this time on his Seery Road property, resulting in a second penalty notice being issued.
The council’s acting general manager Vaughan Macdonald said organisers who thumbed their noses at the law would be prosecuted.
Mr Macdonald said Richmond Valley Council supported events with appropriate approvals, which did not unduly impact the local community.
He said if an event was held without a required planning approval, legal action may take place against both the landowner and the event organiser.
‘Council is not against these types of parties,’ Mr Macdonald said.
‘Last year we approved Rabbits Eat Lettuce, which allows the organisers to hold dance parties because they went through the proper channels.’
Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett said he hoped the fines acted as a deterrent to all landowners considering holding illegal events on their properties.
Cr Bennett said planning laws were in place for a reason – to provide important c...
AGL ceases CSG operations in NSW & QLD
Energy giant AGL has announced it will cease all coal seam gas operations in Queensland and New South Wales.
AGL has announced no changes to its commercial and retail gas activities and will pay a six-hundred and forty million dollar after-tax impairment charge.
Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said it is smart and strategic for AGL to get out of a fossil fuel industry that was floundering in the face of public opposition.
Pressure is mounting on gas miner Santos to abandon its gas project in the Pilliga with yet another two grandmothers locking on this morning.
Jen Phillips of Murwillumbah, NSW, and Jo Birtus of Bowen, Queensland, have locked on to an excavator inside Santos’ construction site for its Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility.
The treatment facility is under construction as part of the broader plans for the 850 well Narrabri Gas Project, and the women have vowed to stay untill they are arrested.
This morning’s action follows news yesterday that mining company AGL would not be proceeding with its Gloucester gas project, an announcement that was greeted with delight by anti-gas activists.
Ms Phillips, a 54-year-old grandmother, said she was risking arrest to support the people of north west NSW in their fight against Santos.
‘I’m elated at the success of the Gloucester community in protecting their valley from AGL’s planned gasfield, especially following the success for my home region in creating a gasfield free Northern Rivers,’ Ms Phillips said.
‘Now I’m here to support people of north west NSW in their battle against Santos.
The Weeping Willows are set to release Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’, their second album, on March 4th and to celebrate they’re hitting the roads and airspace of Australia to perform for fans of their folk and alt-country music. Those twin harmonies, the balance of dark and light subject matter and Andrew Wrigglesworth’s mesmerising guitar picking make the …
By John Campbell
This is a radical departure for Adam McKay. Having co-written and directed comedies in the style of Talladega Nights, Anchorman and The Other Guys, he has turned his hand to hard-hitting drama and the result is, if sometimes overtly showy, a testosterone-driven film of ugly truths and blistering rage.
Wearing his heart on his sleeve, he makes a full-frontal attack on the criminally amoral mindset of Wall Street and the boundless greed of bankers. The story deals with the brewing financial storm that finally broke as the 2007 Global Financial Crisis (through which the Labor government steered Australia unscathed) … America’s housing bubble, while making plenty of people at the big end of town rich, has been kept afloat by shonky mortgages that are destined to fail, and when they do they will bring the whole US economy down.
Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is a maverick hedge fund manager with a glass eye and an ear for heavy metal rock (the scene in which he thrashes a drum kit in accompaniment to a song he’s listening to through his plugs is gold). He can read the indicators and makes investments that are counterintuitive to the market’s thrust but which will reap billions when the crash comes. A handful of others follow suit, including the crusading, short-fused broker Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and mercenary pragmatist Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), who introduces the narrative as the omniscient narrator.
That proceedings are halted from time to time so that Vennett might address the viewer – as in a Shakespearean soliloquy – is one of a handful of devices that are too cute for their own good. For some...
A move in the senate yesterday aimed at deferring the federal government’s controversial approval for an instrument landing system (ILS) for Coolangatta airport was blocked after Labor joined the coalition to defeat it.
The Greens motion follow the recent approval of the $10-million ILS which they say paves the way for the contentious extension of the airport runway into environmentally sensitive Crown land in NSW, on the Tweed side of the state border.
The approval has been described by the Greens as an ‘act of subterfuge’ that is all about the twice-defeated plans for a runway extension and are calling for a public inquiry into how public land was being transferred to the privately-run Gold Coast Airport for the expansion.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said ‘considering the problems that have been identified with the ILS installation it was very disappointing that Labor voted with the Nationals and Liberals to block this important Senate motion’.
Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) failed to mention the Senate vote by her colleagues, when asked to comment by Echonetdaily. The Greens say Labor has badly let down the Tweed community.
Mrs Elliot said in a brief statement this morning that she was ‘always happy to make direct representations to the Minister for Infrastructure and Reg........
A rally to protest the Federal Government’s ‘inhumane treatment’ of asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres is being held in Lismore, and other centres across Australia, today.
The rally outside Page MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Molesworth Street follows a ruling by Australia’s High Court that the government is legally allowed to return 267 vulnerable asylum seekers to Nauru.
Amongst the 267 people are 91 children including 37 babies recently born in Australia. Deportation of these people could happen within days.
Ballina Region for Refugees spokesperson Sue Kelly said it was ‘morally wrong to send these people back to off shore detention’.
Ms Kelly said the Lismore rally would be calling on the government to let the asylum seekers stay in Australia and end off-shore detention.
‘We hope Kevin Hogan will take our message to Canberra,’ she said.
‘Many people in our community are absolutely appalled that this situation is being allowed to continue with no hope for the people detained on Nauru and on Manus Island.
‘Human Rights Commissioner, Gi...
Image Courtesy of Dawn Landes Dawn Landes & Piers Faccini released their new collaborative EP Desert Songs a couple of weeks ago. The latest single from the pair is “Book Of Dreams” which has a sweet new video – check it out below: Dawn Landes will be in Australia for a couple of shows in […]
10 North coast Indigenous youth are about to embark on a life changing journey; set to amplify local hip-hop culture thanks to an inspiring partnership between Lennox Head-based OneVisionProductions and world-class tertiary educators SAE Institute, Byron Bay.
This collaboration will deliver a Certificate III in Music Production for Indigenous youth aged 17-24 – providing a unique opportunity for participants to gain vocational skills and real experience working in the Music Industry, and the opportunity to pursue further tertiary education.
The first batch of students started their studies on February 3. Thanks to a further initiative by non-profit organisation OneVisionProductions, local Indigenous kids will also get the opportunity to engage in an innovative hip-hop and multi-media ‘Music for Change’ program at six north coast high schools this year.The workshop program was initiated as a result of funding from the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy. This unique project offers a 10-week hip-hop workshop where students write, perform and film their own hip-hop song and accompanying film clip, which will be distributed through local radio, NITV and social media outlets. OneVisionProductions is well known throughout the Northern Rivers region as an organisation that empowers and educates at-risk youth using multi-media platforms to create peer-led social change.
Mark Robertson, CEO of OneVisionProductions, says hip-work workshops offer an attractive and culturally relevant medium for youth to identify personal and social issues that impact their lives, and the opportunity to create their own solutions. Mark, also known as MC Dingo, has run hip-hop workshops in more than 30 remote communities over the years and has seen the dramatic improvement in young lives from findi.....
Applications are now open for the 2016 Bluesfest Busking Comp and it’s shaping up to be the best year yet! This year the wealth of prizes is ever-increasing with a major boost in sponsors and supporters, allowing for a bigger and better event than previous years.
The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the week leading up to Bluesfest igniting the Bluesfest buzz with live performances from musicians travelling from across the country for their chance to take to the stage at Bluesfest.
Applications close on February 29. For more information and to apply visit www.bluesfest.com.au.
By John Campbell
In 1930, Copenhagen artist Einar Wegener travelled to Dresden (Germany) to begin a course of the first documented sex-reassignment operations.
Director Tom Hooper’s film, charting events in Wegener’s life from 1926 until that point, when he ‘formally’ became Lili Elbe, is meticulously constructed and sensitively presented; there is never a hint of tacky voyeurism, but neither is there a deep emotional undercurrent. This may have something to do with Eddie Redmayne’s performance as Einar/Lili.
Prizeworthy though it may be (as was his Stephen Hawking), he seems at times to be milking it in a way that slides into caricature – in one close-up, he sobs despairingly, but it feels try-hard, with the near proximity of the rolling camera unavoidably felt. And, most unexpectedly (if arguable), Redmayne looks more feminine as Einar than when he is lippied and frocked-up as Lili (neither of whom are as pretty as Ben Whishaw’s homosexual Henrik, who takes a shine to Lili). There is also a strange echo of Norman Bates in drag as Hooper maintains an emphasis on his subject’s struggle between the façade and the interior, between body and soul.
For mine, the movie belongs to Alicia Vikander, who plays Einar’s wife and fellow painter, Gerda. It is she who originally encourages her husband’s cross-dressing and it is she who, by painting portraits of Lili, will benefit professionally from the gender-bending that is undermining her marriage while at the same time straining to cope with the realisation that she will forever love a person who, day by day, is disappearing from her life. Vikander’s intricately faceted, crystalline and extrem...
Estelle Shirbon & Kylie MacLellan, RAW
Donor nations have pledged to give $US11 billion ($A15.32 billion) in aid to Syrians by 2020 as world leaders try to tackle the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, while Turkey has reported a new exodus of tens of thousands fleeing air strikes.
With Syria’s five-year-old civil war raging and another attempt at peace negotiations called off in Geneva after just a few days, a donor conference in London on Thursday sought to address the n...
Brazilian health authorities have confirmed a case of transmission of Zika through a transfusion of blood from a donor who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas.
The health department of Campinas, an industrial city near Sao Paulo, said a hospital patient with gunshot wounds became infected with Zika after multiple blood transfusions in April 2015.
Officials said they determined that one of the people whose donated blood was used in the transfusion had been infected with Zika....
Nigel Hunt & Marcy Nicholson, RAW
Chocolate bars have shrunk and economic growth in Asia has slowed, meaning people are eating less chocolate and its key ingredient cocoa, which has seen its price fall this year after defying commodities trends to soar in 2015.
High prices for ingredients last year – including nuts and milk as well as cocoa – helped make chocolate a less affordable treat for consumers in emerging markets such as China and India.
Chocoholics in North America and Europe, meanwhile, opted for quality at the expense of quantity.
Market research firm Nielsen has estimated there was a 3.7 per cent year-on-year decline in global chocolate confectionery demand in the September-November period.
With food retailers pressing manufacturers to minimise price rises, one response was ‘shrinkflation’.
Some companies put smaller bars in the pack but kept the price unchanged.
A much lower-than-expected crop in Ghana, the world’s second largest producer, helped push global cocoa prices up by more than ten per cent last year.
The early weeks of 2016 have already seen prices fall back again by as much as 15 per cent, as production in Ghana rebounded.
But those hoping for chunkier bars or cheaper chocolate are likely t...
A protest will be held in Brisbane in a bid to stop the deportation of asylum seekers to Nauru.
The Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Dr Peter Catt, will speak at the protest as he leads an offer by at least ten churches to protect some of the 267 people who face being return to Nauru.
Dr Catt says authorities will have to bash down his St John’s Cathedral doors to get to the asylum seekers who take up the Anglican church’s offer of sanctuary.
Friday’s protest will be held outside the Department of Immigration and Citizenship office in Brisbane at noon.
Hundreds have confirmed their attendance on a Facebook event to protest against immigration minister Peter Dutton’s ‘threat to send 72 children back to Nauru’.
‘Preventing the transfer of these 72 children back to Nauru needs to be the first step to closing all of Australia’s detention he...
British police have insisted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be arrested if he steps outside the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been holed up for more than three years.
A United Nations panel is on Friday expected to reveal its ruling that Mr Assange has been ‘arbitrarily detained’ in the embassy, which he entered in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden over sexual assault allegations.
Sweden’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed reports on Thursday that the panel has ruled in the 44-year-old Australian’s favour.
The British government has declined to comment, but a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron says the UN findings are not ‘legally binding’.
‘There is a European arrest warrant currently in place and we have a legal obligation to put that into effect,’ h...
Positive heckling: the worst sort of heckling.
Good on you for trying!
We all have to start somewhere! (Before you have even started).
This is the best thing I've heard all second!
Don't feel bad! (Said for no reason at all).
That must have been good for your self-esteem!
Don't listen to them! (No-one has said anything).
Give yourself a pat on the back!
(Breaks into applause as you reach the third line in a 30 line piece).
Encouragement is never something that should be encouraged, people.
4 February 2016
As TPP trade ministers held a ceremonial signing in Auckland, thousands of protestors jammed the streets, including Maori performing the traditional Haka. Watch the video here
MEDIA RELEASE, February 4, 2016: Trade Minister Robb today rejected calls from 59 community organisations representing over two million Australians for an independent assessment by the Productivity Commission on ABC national radio this morning. He claimed that the broad alliance of public health, church, environment, aid and development and union organisations were just ‘the usual suspects opposed to all trade agreements’.
AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said that Mr. Robb was shooting the messenger, and failing to address genuine community concerns, also expressed by bodies like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Productivity Commission.
“The TPP locks in stronger monopoly rights for global corporations over medicines and copyright, and gives all foreign investors special additional rights to sue governments over domestic laws. This is the opposite of free trade,” said Dr Ranald.
“We are not opposed to trade. We are making the point that the TPP is not mainly about trade at all. Australia already has free trade agreements with nine of the 12 TPP countries, and a World Bank study shows there will be minuscule trade gains after 15 years.”
“Mr Robb’s claim that independent assessments are not needed because the government is tabling a National Interest Assessment in Parliament fails to mention that this document is produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which negotiated the agreement. This is not an independent assessment.”
Dr Ranald said that the TPP will be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties over the next few months before Parliament votes on the implementing legislation. Community organisations will...
Churches have stepped up their campaign to end Australia’s harmful refugee policies by offering sanctuary to 267 people including 37 babies, facing imminent removal to Nauru. Refugee advocates had hoped for a change in the harsh and punitive government policies under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), this has not eventuated. The move will draw […]
Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.
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